Moms come in all shapes, sizes and colors so foods that celebrate her should, too! Decadent desserts are for some of our moms and delicious vegetarian meal or finger foods might be great for others. We’ve included a beautiful display of foods you can prepare with love for your mom this Mother’s Day..Read More
Don’t you love recipes that can be served any time of the year and that always make people swoon? Fruit Pizza is one of those recipes. I see this dessert/appetizer/party food at summer parties just as often as I see them at holiday gatherings.Read More
I made this gorgeous and super yummy strawberry cake for Easter this year. Isn't it pretty? I made it with spring in mind, envisioning a warm sunshine-y day, buds on the trees and birds chirping outside. Little did I know that spring would be hiding out for quite some time.Read More
Dan and I have re-implemented one-on-one time with our boys this summer. I love when we get into the swing of doing this regularly. The past couple times I've had only one of my boys to hang out with, I have made my good ol' Strawblunkleberry Pancakes.Read More
I have always been a lover of lunch fare. I suppose you could call me the lunch lady, but I don't wear a hair net. Lunch is my favorite meal of the day, hands down. Salads and sandwiches lend for so much creativity! Fruits, vegetables, meat and sauces of many kinds.Read More
Even though I am officially DONE with February, I'm not yet ready to part with winter. I'm watching snow fall lightly outside right now. The tiny flakes are in no apparent hurry to reach the ground. Just patiently falling lightly and quietly from the grey sky. There is a peace and beauty about winter that cannot be found in any other season.Read More
We have had some sunny, HOT days this week here in Minnesota and I love it! Giggles have been gushing from my front yard as my boys squirt each other with cold water and run around in soaked swimsuits.Read More
There are soooooo many days when I feel like ALL I do is answer questions. At the end of the day I wish I would have tallied the number of questions that were catapulted in my direction. I'd need to hire someone to keep track for me because I am too busy with the ANSWERING OF QUESTIONS.Read More
Dan has been guiding educational tours in DC since Thursday and he won't be home until Friday. This will be our longest stretch without him ever! The boys and I miss him terribly! While he's been gone, I have done some extra special things with the boys to stave off too many "I miss Daddy!" thoughts.Read More
These muffins did not want to be made. My first batch was good, but not great. I altered the recipe in order to make them great (and they are!). When I started the second batch, I realized I didn't have flour. What?! When do I not have flour in my kitchen? The next day, flour in hand, my strawberries were lacking freshness.Read More
My boys are funny. They make me laugh out loud at least a dozen times every day. I write every bit of their funnies down so that I never forget a single word of it. My three-year-old Sammy said something yesterday that will likely be in the top 3 of funniest things my boys ever said. If you follow me on Facebook, you know what's coming.Read More
Here I am, back at home in Minnesota, where the beach is no longer in sight. Vacation was wonderful! The house we rented looked directly out onto the ocean. I got better sleep than I have in months and I was in the very best company.Read More
Well well well. I am weeks behind in this challenge. The one that was supposed to end back in 2011. Please forgive me. I have been a bit preoccupied with sweets! But I'm back on track. In fact, I hope to post the last of the recipes for this challenge this week!Read More
Do you ever take a series of photos of a particular food and forget that you took them? Only to find them, weeks later, screaming out to you from Lightroom? That's exactly what I did to these parfaits. And I feel terrible because they were delicious. I hope they can find it in their crunchy, creamy, fruity hearts to forgive me.
I had made this delicious granola as one of my challenge recipes, and knew that I wanted to throw it together with some other ingredients to create some sort of parfait. I pondered these parfaits in my sleep. I do that every so often. Ponder food in my sleep.
Here's what I did.
I purchased two of those convenient little 6-oz. containers of Greek yogurt and mixed about a tablespoon of honey in each container.
I put the yogurt-honey mixtures into the bottoms of two separate tall glasses.
I put a few spoonfuls of granola on top of the yogurt.
For the top layer of one parfait, I mixed together:
1 kiwi fruit, chopped
1/2 of a mango, chopped
1 pineapple slice, chopped
For the top layer of the other parfait, I mixed together:
4 strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup of blueberries
1/4 cup of raspberries
Easy, delicious breakfast served! Just like that.
I was on strict bed rest for the last four months of my pregnancy with Sammy, which ended just over a year ago. Here are some things that remind me of that particular period of time: lots of staring at the walls, watching Mystic Pizza or Can't Buy Me Love on tv when my contractions..Read More
I'm a day late with this post again this week. I'm not sure how much time I will have in the coming days to post, so please forgive me for that.
So, drinks! Summer drinks! I love them. For me, lovely Minnesota weather = fun drinks, bbq-ing and family/friend outside time. When you endure an insanely cold and treacherous winter, these things all become really exciting. I was excited to mix up a fun new cocktail for my husband and me to enjoy in the 95-degree weather this week. It's the kind of cocktail you can't drink more than one of, or at least I can't. Its sweetness satisfied me after just one, and we are saving the rest for another day. I have placed the remainder in the freezer for a post-surgery indulgence.
In a medium bowl, toss together:
3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
2/3 cup sugar
Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.
In a blender, combine half each of:
The strawberries and their juices
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup of ice
Puree and pour into a pitcher.
Repeat with the remaining strawberries, juices, vodka and lime juice and 1 more cup of ice.
Fill 10 glasses (or just 2, and chill/freeze the rest) halfway with ice. Pour into the glasses and top each with:
1/2 tablespoon chilled Riesling
I hope you are all enjoying this hot summer weather as much as I am.
By the way, the pile of snow is gone. :)
I took my boys to the park tonight and I sweat like crazy while we were there. I know, not necessarily an appetizing thing to imagine, but I loved it! This past winter was traumatizing and so so cold and I promise you that I will never ever complain about heat again.Read More